Sachin Tendulkar turns 44

Here are a few things you still might not know about him

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar

During his 266th match in the year 2001, Sachin became the first batsman in the history of ODI cricket to make a record of 10,000 runs. (Photo: Bollywood Hungama, Wikimedia Commons) (Others)

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar

Even though Sachin is from a non-aviation background, he was awarded the with an honorary rank of Group Captain by the Indian Air Force. (Photo: Vikas, Wikimedia Commons) (Others)

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar

He was gifted a bottle of Magnum for his first hundred in a test match in Manchester city, 1990. Since British rules did not allow those under 18 to consume it, he waited 8 years and opened it on his daughter Sara’s first birthday. (Photo: Mvkulkarni23, Wikimedia Commons) (Others)

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar

The cricketer used to get a coin from his coach in his early days whenever he could bat through an entire session in the nets without getting dismissed. The master-blaster has 13 such coins. (Photo: Blnguyen, Wikimedia Commons) (Others)

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar

Australian cricketer Shane Warne confessed that he had nightmares about Sachin Tendulkar. To quote, "Sachin coming, dancing down the track and lofting me over for yet another six!" (Photo: Guppy Das, Flickr) (Others)

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar

His idol was tennis star John McEnroe. In an attempt to copy him, Sachin grew his hair which he tied up using a band. (Photo: Bollywood Hungama, Wikimedia Commons) (Others)

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar

In the initial days of his career, Sachin used to sleep on the field with his cricket gear. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Flying Cloud from Australia) (Others)

Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar

A prison unit in Delhi's famous Tihar jail is named after the beloved cricketer. Another cell unit of the same jail is named after Vinod Kambli. Tendulkar and Kambli shared an unbroken record of 664-runs in a school match. (Photo: Flickr, Aavtar Singh) (Others)